Four thoughts on good writing

This may be the beginning of an occasional series, building I hope to a useful reflection on the craft of writing. 1 If you want to be a good (or better writer) the best single thing you can do is read widely and carefully. It's obvious, but not said so often: in order to write... Continue Reading →

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The long con

The success of the Conservatives in the UK’s general election could be seen as a triumph of spin, or its last dying thrash. The future will depend on how well the progressive parties understand their failure, and how a more compelling and realistic narrative of the last forty years could better serve them. The UK... Continue Reading →

Like decent human beings

I was in France recently, for work mostly rather than pleasure. I’ve had to speak more French in these few days than I’ve done for decades, and it’s been gratifying to feel that once surrounded by the everyday words and grammar, and forced to use it, my decayed knowledge of the language should revive itself.... Continue Reading →

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